The delay in laying interlocking tiles and covering the drains at Kanchenjunga residential society in Sector 53 is causing a lot of inconvenience to residents. The work was started in December last year by the Noida authority and stopped after 15 days. It has been lying incomplete since then, with the tiles left lying around.
The housing society has 640 flats with more than 3, 000 residents.
According to residents, construction material and debris kept in the area when the project started now lie scattered in the area. It affects the health of children and senior citizens who go out to play or take morning walks, they claim.
“All our drains are lying uncovered and the roads and lanes are in a dilapidated condition. We cannot walk on these lanes. Due to the delay in execution of the project, the whole society wears a shabby look,” said Vidisha Guha, president the residents’ welfare association (RWA) of the society.
The RWA had approached the Noida authority many times to restart the work and get it completed at the earliest, but no action was taken. RWA members claimed they finally hired workers and started cleaning the debris and construction material themselves, spending money from the RWA fund.
In the first week of April, authority officials visited the area and assured that work would be completed by April 14. Residents claimed the officials had given a written assurance, but there is still no change in the situation.
They added that with the drains lying uncovered, dirty water overflows on the roads. The tiles meant for the project are also lying unused, eating up parking space.
“We have started parking our cars haphazardly inside the society. The places meant to park vehicles for some residents have been taken over by the tiles. The project is not being completed even though it was supposed to be finished in three weeks,” said Chandan Kumar, a resident.
Project engineer SK Gupta said, “We have served notices to the contractor who was awarded the work. He has been slow in completing the project and we are in touch with him to get it completed by May-end.”
The work would have been given to another contractor, but the process is time consuming. It was avoided in the interest of the residents, he added.
RWA treasurer Nelson Solomon said officials should get the project completed sooner rather than later as the incomplete work has been causing a lot of inconvenience.
“They better finish it fast and meet the deadline this time around. For the last five months, many deadlines have been fixed and broken,” he said.